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When it comes to talking about sterility, we more frequently blame women for not being able to mother a child. What we tend to forget or rather ignore is that men do play equal roles in this case. It is high time we give up our prejudices and talk openly about sterility among men which is on a sharp rise at present.
While smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity, hormonal imbalance, stress, medications for blood pressure, anti-psychotic drugs and more, certain antibiotics, exposure to radiations, high levels of pesticides, toxins and illegal drug abuse play conventional roles in enhancing sterility among men, there are certain herbs which are natural sterility inducers. Here is a list of such herbs that men should watch out.
Men, beware of these herbs
Let us go through some of the plants that can potentially reduce fertility in men and keep them away from the thrill and happiness of parenthood. While experts say intaking these herbs in smaller quantity do not affect male fertility much, consumption of the same in large amount can certainly affect your fertility.
Mint: When tested on rats, peppermint has been found to curb the key male reproductive hormone, testosterone and enhance female reproductive hormones like Folice Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Leutinising Hormone (LH). Studies show that spearmint can reduce serum testosterone, sperm count and sperm mobility but increasing female reproduction hormones in women. Hence, men should avoid regular mint consumption, although their partners can very well go for it.
Neem: While Neem is known to be the king of herbs in Ayurveda with an array of health benefits, it, in excessive quantity, is not good for male fertility and is anti-fertile for males.
Papaya seeds: While raw papaya is a big no-no for would be mums since days, papaya seeds having ability to induce sterility among men is less heard of. But it is true. Papaya seeds act as natural contraceptive for men, studies have shown.
Bitter Gourd: While it is a bliss for diabetic patients, bitter gourds have severe impact on male fertility. These are active sterility inducers among men and adversely affect sperm count in men.
Garlic: Men should absolutely avoid having raw garlic as it reduces testosterone secretion and production of new sperms, revealed a study.
Bilva Leaf or Bel Leaf: They curb testosterone levels and reduce density and mobility of sperms in male rats.
Clove: When consumed in whopping quantity, clove can reduce sperm production in men.
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